Baku, Azerbaijan, April 10
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The Crimea situation may cause a "domino effect" in the region, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
He said the Turkish Foreign Ministry believes that the developments in Crimea may negatively affect the situation in Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported on April 10.
Davutoglu also said Turkey supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and does not recognize the results of the referendum held in Crimea.
The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.
With the exception of Russia most countries refused to recognize the referendum and its results.
On March 18, Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.
A change of power took place in Ukraine on February 22.
The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.
Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.
A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.